Friday, October 11, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #141 "Enrichetto" Enrico Fumagalli

ACEO Clown #141 "Enrichetto" Enrico Fumagalli
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
Price includes worldwide free registered mail.
€30
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ACEO clown portrait #141 is homage to "Enrichetto" Enrico Fumagalli, the father of Fumagalli brothers I recently painted. Enrico Fumagalli didn't come from a circus background, he was an Austrian of Jewish descent, he had left his hometown of Gratz when the Nazi came to power, and took refuge in Italy. There he worked as a clown under the name of Enrico ("Enrichetto") Fumagalli with Circo Liana, Nando e Rinaldo Orfei, which was until the 1970s one of the major postwar Italian circuses, and other circuses. Like many Italian clowns, Enrico Fumagalli appeared in Federico Fellini's movie, I Clowns (1970), and then he retired from performing. I watched this movie recently again to see him. He was at the end of the movie on the funeral/chase scene. Have a great weekend!

from Federico Fellini's movie, I Clowns (1970)

work in progress

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #140 "Fumagalli"

ACEO Clown #140 "Fumagalli" Gianni Huesca
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
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ACEO Clown portrait #140 is inspired by a professional circus clown "Fumagalli" (Gianni Huesca) from  Genoa, Italy. He is the younger brother of famous clown Daris Huesca.  For many years he performed with his brother in a remarkable tight-wire act, as the Feller Boys, which combined all sorts of balancing feats with teeter board on the wire. Later on they became circus clowns and they worked at Circus Roncalli. In January 2001, he was invited to the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, where he won the prestigious Silver Clown award. That same year, he toured in Germany with the short-lived Circus Fumagalli, which he ran with his brother for one season. After that, Daris Huesca and Fumagalli limited their activities to clowning and starred in some of the world's most prestigious circuses, including Cirkus Benneweis; Circus Knie; the Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione in Paris; Circus Carré in Amsterdam; and the Big Apple Circus, as well as in several variety shows. They also became frequent guests on the hit French television variety show, Le plus grand cabaret du monde. In 2015, Fumagalli and Daris won the coveted Gold Clown at the 39th International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo—the most prestigious award in the circus world.
Fumagalli

work in progress

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #139 "Daris Huesca"

ACEO Clown #139 "Daris Huesca"
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
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ACEO Clown portrait #139 is inspired by a professional circus clown  "Daris Huesca" from  Morbegno, Italy. He is the brother of famous clown "Fumagalli" (Gianni Huesca). The couple were trained in all acrobatic disciplines by their brother-in-law, Hans Bruckson. They performed with him in a remarkable tight-wire act, the Feller Boys, which combined all sorts of balancing feats with teeterboard on the wire. For many years, the Feller Boys enjoyed a brilliant international career. His brother Gianni, however, had a knack for comedy and performed clown reprises and comic acrobatic routines from time to time with Daris.

In 1994, Bernhard Paul, the director of the famous German circus Roncalli, (and also its resident star auguste, under the name of Zippo) hired the couple. They worked at circus Roncalli until 2000 and they worked in many different circuses all around the world.  In 2015, Daris  Fumagalli won the coveted Gold Clown at the 39th International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo—the most prestigious award in the circus world.

Fumagalli and Daris

work in progress

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #138 " Ira Seidenstein"

ACEO Clown #138 " Ira Seidenstein"
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019

ACEO Clown portrait #138 is inspired by a genuine clown Ira Seidenstein, originally from Pittsburgh USA, but for many years has been based in Australia. He is a highly respected, skilled and experienced clown, performer, acrobat, teacher. He  has worked professionally in nearly all genres of performance. He has worked in companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Slava's Snowshow. He is also author of the book "Clown Secret".

He has portrayed over 75 clown characters including:  Cirque du Soleil's Corteo which I was inspired by his white Clown character.  He has a very good face for drawing/painting. For more info visit his website

From Cirque du Soleil's Corteo's

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ACEO CLOWN #137 "Alexandre Penha"

ACEO CLOWN #137 "Alexandre Penha"
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
SOLD

ACEO Clown portrait #137 is inspired by a very sweet hospital clown Alexandre Penha  from Maringá, Brazil. He is being clowning around about 15 years. He graduated in History and Performing Arts from the Maringá State University, where was also a Clown Research Fellow. He is teaching clowning in "Escola de Palhaço", More info check his instagram at @escoladepalhaco

"Alexandre Penha"

work in progress

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ACEO Portrait #136 "The Tramp" / Charlot

ACEO #136 "The Tramp" (Charlot)
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
Price includes worldwide free registered mail.
€30

ACEO #136 is a homage to the biggest inspiration of clowns and comedians, "The Tramp" (Charlot),  Charles Spencer Chaplin  (1889 – 1977).  He was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona  "The Tramp" ,  and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years. His silent black and white movies are timeless classics. I enjoyed a lot watching them while I was painting his portrait on YouTube. I love one of his quote  "A day without smiling is a day wasted."


work in progress

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #135 "Vlad"

Clown #135 "Vlad"
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
SOLD

ACEO Clown portrait #135 is inspired by a very sympathetic and young clown Clown Vlad Bogdanov from Russia. Vlad has been clowning since 14 years old. He is performing at Russian State Circus Company. He has a YouTube Channel, watch his performance there and support him by subscribing on his new YouTube channel.

Vlad

work in progress

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #134 "Faust" aka Chris Herren

Clown #134 "Faust" 
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
SOLD

ACEO Clown portrait #134 is inspired by a very unique pantomime artist "Faust" as Chris Herren from San Francisco, US.  He performs a magic show similar to a bygone era of vintage style and he combines it with classical  pantomime act. His show is inspired by the 1920’s parlor theater.  To see more about him check his fb page here. Also you can follow him on instagram @chrisherren_as_faust 

Faust is performing

work in progress

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #133 Wolfgang Konerding

Clown #133 Wolfgang Konerding
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
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€30
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ACEO Clown portrait #133 is inspired by very sympathetic and talented  Wolfgang Konerding from Münster, Germany.  Wolfgang is clowning around for 30 years. He does classic clowning with lots of music, dance and acrobatics, also a walk-Act's as a bicycle clown with the colorful clown bike with show program in "open air" circus ring called "Clown Fidelidad". I came across with him on his instagram page @wolfgangkonerding See more info at his website here.

Wolfgang Konerding

work in progress

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #132 "Monti"

Clown #132 "Monti" 
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
€30
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This week is international clown week. I wanna say Happy clown week to all my clown friends! I painted a new ACEO clown portrait. ACEO clown #132 is a homage to a very talented and unique clown "Monti" Joan Montanyès (1965-2013) from Barcelona, Spain. I watched his performances on YouTube, he was truly genuine clown artist. Monti was the son of a theater director Josep Montanyès. He studied classical music in the conservatory in Barcelona. He started to his career in musical productions in the early 90' and later on he became a clown working with Tortell Poltrona and they founded "Banda Clown". In 1996 he founded his own comedy production company "Monti & Cia" collaborating with Oriol Boixader, Jordi Martínez, Domènec de Guzmán, Fulgenci Mestres y Pipo Sosmhis. In 2001 he was awarded el Premio Max of circus. He worked at el Circo Italiano, el Circo Raluy and el circo alemán Circus Roncalli, where he performed as Monti & Cia with Oriol Boixader y Fulgenci Mestres.(Oriol and Gensi, I painted their portraits).  Unfortunately Monti died at very young age a cause of a cancer. He was a father of 4 kids. You can watch him on YouTube on this link.

Monti

Painting Monti

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Friday, July 26, 2019

New Linocut Print! "Bip the Clown" (Marcel Marceau)

"Bip the Clown" 
Limited Edition Linocut Print, 
6" x 8", water-based ink on paper, 2019
€50
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There is no doubt that Marcel Marceau (1923 –2007) is considered the world's greatest contemporary mime artist and a true legend. He once said "Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?" Marceau created many personalities. The most famous of these is probably "Bip the clown". I was fortunate to see his performance in 2007 shortly before he passed away. He was 84 years old/young and so dynamic and marvelous on the stage. If you haven't seen his mime performance watch it here at this link. This linocut I created is homage to him and his legacy. I hope you like it.

"Bip the Clown" (Marcel Marceau)


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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #131 "Tutu the Clown"

Clown #131 "Tutu the Clown" 
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
SOLD
ACEO Clown portrait #131 is inspired by a very pretty and sweet "Tutu the Clown"  from Gran Falls, New Brunswick, Canada. Tutu is specialized for face painting and balloon art and glitter tattoos. See her instagram @tututheclown

Tutu the clown

work in progress

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Monday, July 22, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #130 "Hollino"

Clown #130 "Hollino" 
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
SOLD

ACEO Clown portrait #130 is inspired by a young and enthusiastic clown " Hollino"  Greifswald, Germany.  He has been performing as a clown for last 9 years but he started in the show biz since 6 years old, mostly in magic shows. In 2018 He had his debut as a clown in the ring, at  his own circus called "Pautzingers Showcircus"  and  then at Christmas in the 5th "Müritzer Weihnachtszirkus" where he is going back to perform this year.  See more at his instagram @the_great_pautzinger 

Hollino

work in progress

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #129 "Rámper"

Clown #129 "Rámper" 
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
Price includes worldwide free registered mail.
€30

ACEO Clown portrait #129 is homage to "Rámper" aka Ramón Álvarez Escudero (1892 -1952)  from Spain.  Rámper was the most famous clown during Second Spanish Republic years (1931-39). His family didn't have the circus tradition, they were a humble family selling coal and he was helping the family since his childhood as photographer, tailor, carpenter... Until he met with Señor Clement, a street performer whom does acrobatics and later on he learnt to do acrobatics by training himself in a gymnasium saloon in Madrid and started in the circus business.  His brother Perico and himself  created a duo and called themselves "Los Rámper" and both started touring all around including Portugal. Unfortunately his brother died while he was training, he fell while jumping very badly breaking his column, he was only 20 years old. 

After this sad event, Rámper continue to perform solo, sometimes talking with a straw puppet which was his wife  Aurina Secades's voice. He was mixing his acrobatics with humor, magic, playing instruments. He was really famous at one point of his life. Think about it, in those years, there is no TV, internet, mobile.... only entertainment were theaters, circus and radio.  His clown face image was used on publicity ads like drink bottles, comics, figurines. He recorded his voice on slate records and also act in a movie called "Frivolinas" (1926) . He also signed a contract for a movie with German director James Bauer but right at that time Spanish Civil war stopped his artistic career. After the war he couldn't recover his fame again. Like many other clowns Rámper died very poor. In his last years of his life he tried to establish his own circus company but he had a very bad luck and he was bankrupt. He died alone in a hotel room in Sevilla in 1952. After his death for many years he was forgotten.  Until Leocadio Mejías wrote a book called " Una vida para la risa y el dolor" dedicated to Rámper in 1957.


"Rámper"

work in progress

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #128 "Oriolo"

Clown #128 "Oriolo" 
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
Price includes worldwide free registered mail.
€30
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ACEO Clown portrait #128 is inspired by  a very unique clown "Oriolo"  aka  Oriol Boixader from Barcelona, Spain. Originally he studied to become a  musician to get into the show business and he started to work as a juggler,street performer, acrobat and he ended up working at circus as a clown. He worked with clowns and companies like Tortell Poltrona, Circ Cric, Circ Perillos, Comediants o Monti & Cia. At the moment he is working at famous Circus Roncalli. See his performances at his YouTube Channel

Oriol


work in progress

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

ACEO Clown Portrait #127 "Dim Dim"

Clown #127 "Dim Dim" 
acrylic on paper,  
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2019
€30
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ACEO Clown portrait #127 is inspired by a wonderful clown "Dim Dim" aka Dimitrij Schmidt from Hannover, Germany. Dimitrij Schmidt has been working as a professional clown in major German cities and communities from Cologne to Munich and Berlin for many years.  For children's birthday parties, family celebrations, corporate events and variety events, Dimitrij regularly transforms into DimDim - the lovable clown and solo entertainer is guided by traditional Russian clowning in designing his shows. Follow him on his intagram @clowndimdim

 Clown"Dim Dim" aka Dimitrij Schmidt

work in progress

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